I pot up my geraniums and start and hang up some bird boxes when she disappears. I find her by the back fence, but of course she totally ignores me, as now she is following the scent of the squirrels who use the back fence as their own personal highway.
She then heads to the south fence which is a split rail fence, and despite me shouting at her, she totally ignores me and manages to get through the fence into the south woods. As I am only wearing my crocs I have to run into the house and put my hikers on, as there is snow in the woods. I run down Kamikaze Hill and am faced with the split rail fence, so I haul my butt over the fence and start searching for Molly. Luckily for us, she has her collar on with her tags that make a noise, so I follow the noise.
I keep shouting for her, but basically I am wasting my breath as she takes not a blind but of notice of me. I come across the stream in the middle of the woods, and manage to get across that. I try to bribe her with a treat, but she is not interested. Some sort of giant black vole/mouse/rat appears out of no where..not happy with that.......
I finally catch her and put her on her leash and walk back towards the split rail fence. Molly of course is worn out and has no intention of getting through the fence. So I have to haul her over the fence, and as she is filthy and wet, so am I now!! I then have to haul my butt back over the fence being careful not to break it. Only to be faced with walking back up Kanikaze Hill, which now looks the size of Mount Everest.
Not sure which of us was puffing and panting the most but we finally made it back up the hill and I put Molly on the back deck while I finished off my jobs on the front deck.
So I have the metal ladder out as I am climbing up it to hammer the nest boxes on the trees. I decide to try and hang an ornamental birdhouse, that I got given last summer. I climb the ladder and for some reason I didn't have it steady and I ended up falling off the ladder and breaking it. Luckily I was only about six feet up and the ground was soft and I have plenty of padding. Got a feeling though I may have a few bruises on my legs by the end of the week!!
Below is a photo of the geraniums I have potted up. They may not look like much now, but they should grow alright.
Here are some photos of the bird houses I put up:
If you were lucky, you received gifts that were sufficiently "high-end" to be packed with packing peanuts. Before you take those packing peanuts out with the trash, consider how useful they may be as filler in your container gardens.
Huh? you ask. That's right: packing peanuts are light and airy enough to offer great drainage at the bottom of a container garden, such as the raised beds I show you how to construct elsewhere. Why pay money for a product such as perlite to accomplish the same result, when the packing peanuts are free? You could also use crushed stone; however, not only will you have to pay for it, but its weight will make the container much heavier to move around.
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